This jug can be used only if you know its secret! Otherwise, all its liquid spills to the ground as soon as you try to use it. It has 2 discreet holes that must be plugged with your finger to direct the liquid to the right orifice.
This piece is one of the pieces traditionally made by Sezinando Fernandes Ramalho, one of the last 5 potters to use the ancestral technique of making black pottery in Bisalhães, a technique registered as a UNESCO World Intangible Heritage Site.
The originality of this pottery lies in its colour, which can vary from charcoal black to dark grey depending on the specimens. This colouring is obtained during the firing process as the oven opening is blocked by herbs and wet soil.
Why I love it
- Typically Portuguese, this jug remains functional and allows you to keep the freshness of the water for a long time, but it is also a veryamazing decorative object.
- The manufacturing process gives this piece a high resistance to shocks and allows it to be used in an oven or placed in the freezer.
- More than an object, this jug is a part of the Portuguese heritage, now considered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
If you would like to know more about this manufacturing process, Please read our blog on the black pottery of Bisalhães.
Please note: This piece is entirely handcrafted. The clay used can give it a colour that varies from deep black to silvery grey. The imperfections on its surface are an integral part of the object and are also due to the firing process used.
Features and characteristics
- Height: about 28 cm
- Width: about 13 cm
- Weight: about 700 g